Saturday, March 26, 2016
Smoothie King Center
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The Toronto Raptors travel to Smoothie King Center to play the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, March 26, 2016. The opening line for this game has Toronto as 9 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 206.5.
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The Raptors come into this game with an overall record of 48-22 and a road record of 20-14. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 4.5 as they are averaging 102.7 points per game while giving up 98.2 per contest. Toronto is 11-2 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 33-12. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Pelicans have an overall record of 26-45 and a home record of 18-17. They currently are 5th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 102.9 points per game and surrendering 106.3, good for a point differential of -3.4. New Orleans has a division record of 4-11 and a conference record of 18-29. In their last 10 games they are 3-7.
DeMar DeRozan comes into this contest averaging 23.7 points per game while playing 36.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Raptors. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%. Kyle Lowry averages 21.9 points per game in 37.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.4 assists per contest and 5 rebounds per game for Toronto. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Jrue Holiday averages 16.7 points per game while playing 28.1 minutes per contest this year for the Pelicans. He grabs 3 rebounds per game and has 6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. Ryan Anderson averages 17 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 6 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Toronto averages 102.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 15th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4.5 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 52.8 rebounds per game and 18.4 assists per game which ranks them 10th and 29th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 5th with 13.2 per game. The Raptors allow 98.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 12th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.6 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 21.5 assists per contest which puts them in 10th place in the league. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the league.
New Orleans averages 102.9 points per game this year which ranks them 13th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.4 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 17th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 13th in the NBA. They average 50.5 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per contest which ranks them 22nd and 18th respectively. In the turnover department the Pelicans rank 6th with 13.3 per game. The Pelicans allow 106.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 23rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.4 rebounds a game which ranks 17th and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 21st place in the league. The Pelicans force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the NBA.
The Raptors average 100.5 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 96.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 2.3 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 2.3 per contest. The Raptors have an offensive rating of 109.8 and a defensive rating of 105. In terms of pace they average 92.9 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 28% of their shots. Toronto turns the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Pelicans score 106.5 ppg at home and they have averaged 97.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -6 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 0 points per game. The Pelicans rating on offense is 105.4 and they have a defensive rating of 108.9. They get 97.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 28% of their shot attempts. New Orleans turns the ball over on 12.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors are 37-32-1 against the spread
The Toronto Raptors are 36-32-2 against the over/under
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans are 30-41-0 against the spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are 38-31-2 against the over/under
Toronto Raptors Injuries
03/25/16 PG Kyle Lowry Elbow is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Houston
03/24/16 F Patrick Patterson Ankle "?" Friday vs. Houston
01/06/16 F DeMarre Carroll Knee out indefinitely
New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
03/25/16 PG Jrue Holiday Toe "?" Saturday vs. Toronto
03/25/16 F Ryan Anderson Groin out indefinitely
03/24/16 PG Norris Cole Back out indefinitely
03/20/16 F Anthony Davis Knee out for season
03/10/16 G Eric Gordon Finger out for season
02/25/16 G Bryce Dejean-Jones Wrist out for season
02/12/16 G Tyreke Evans Knee out for season
01/11/16 F Quincy Pondexter Knee out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto
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